Saturday, June 25, 2016

Paul Giamatti, a Baseball Commissioner’s Son, Makes His Own Calls


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Mr. Giamatti, star of the new baseball film “The Phenom,” isn’t much of a sports fan. But don’t get him started on Bob Stanley of the Red Sox.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Review: Ranger vs. Preacher? In ‘The Duel,’ It’s No Contest


By MANOHLA DARGIS via NYT Movies
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Woody Harrelson, who plays a charismatic preacher, delivers a strong performance, but this film is largely characterized by unpersuasive story turns.

Review: In ‘Independence Day: Resurgence,’ the Fault Is Not in the Fireworks


By MANOHLA DARGIS via NYT Movies
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All you really need to know about this sequel to the 1996 smash hit is that it took multiple men to cook up this pottage, which hinges on humanity battling aliens.

Review: ‘Yarn’: And You Thought It Was Just for Knitting Mittens


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This documentary looks in on people working in yarn, from artists making graffiti to those fashioning playground structures.

‘Life, Animated’ Shares a Family’s True Fairy Tale


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The film adaptation of Ron Suskind’s book about his autistic son includes the animation that helped them communicate.

Same Character, Different Film: Recurring Roles in Non-Sequels


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A look at recurring characters like Ray Nicolette, played by Michael Keaton in “Jackie Brown” and “Out of Sight.”

Review: ‘Septembers of Shiraz’ Revisits the 1979 Iranian Revolution


By KEN JAWOROWSKI via NYT Movies
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This well-meaning yet nuance-free film focuses on a prosperous and friendly couple targeted for harassment during political upheaval.

Review: ‘Wiener-Dog,’ the Tail That Wags Through a Few Bitter Lives


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As usual, Todd Solondz focuses on the awfulness of our species, dramatized in this film through dark, deadpan comic vignettes in the presence of a dachshund.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Review: In ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople,’ Lighting Out for the Bush


By MANOHLA DARGIS via NYT Movies
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Taika Waititi’s comedy centers on a foster child in New Zealand first placed with an older couple and then on the run.

Review: ‘From This Day Forward’ Attests to Love’s Adaptability


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Sharon Shattuck’s documentary tells her family story of growing up with a transgender parent.

Review: ‘Eat That Question,’ on Frank Zappa, the Media and Cultural Upheavals


By NEIL GENZLINGER via NYT Movies
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A documentary about Zappa is rich in archival interviews that say worlds about this musician — who was well known but not well understood — and his times.

Review: ‘The Shallows’: Surfer Girl. Peckish Shark. Uh-Oh!


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Blake Lively stars as a young woman on a surfing mission in this thriller. But a really, really big shark has its own ravenous plans.

Alexander Skarsgard, of Sound Mind and Body to Play Tarzan


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Mr. Skarsgard stars in “The Legend of Tarzan,” opening on July 1. Here, he talks about the hard work of preparing for the role.

Review: In ‘The Neon Demon,’ Beauty Masks a Rotting Core


By GLENN KENNY via NYT Movies
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This puerile movie from the Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is set in the high-fashion modeling world of Los Angeles. Elle Fanning and Keanu Reeves star.

Review: Matthew McConaughey Rebels Against Rebels in ‘Free State of Jones’


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Mr. McConaughey plays Newton Knight, the Mississippi farmer who led a dissident Confederate group in the Civil War, and a political coalition after.

The Secret to a Great Chicken Parm: Grill It


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This update to the Italian-American classic will render a more complex version that is sweet, salty and smoke-scented all at once.

Review: ‘Swiss Army Man’ Is a Buddy Movie in Which One Pal Is Dead


By JEANNETTE CATSOULIS via NYT Movies
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Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano, this impossible-to-categorize film about a castaway and a corpse is an original mix of the macabre and the magical.

Paul Cox, Independent Filmmaker Who Explored Postmodern Life, Dies at 76


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The Dutch-born Australian director was considered a father of Australian art cinema. He said he chose filmmaking not out of ambition, but because it was “pure compulsion.”

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Review: ‘Nuts!’ Reveals Doctor’s Secret to Success: Goat Testicle Transplants


By GLENN KENNY via NYT Movies
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Penny Lane’s documentary about Dr. John Romulus Brinkley introduces a real-life Kansas con man who claimed to cure impotence with a peculiar kind of surgery.

New York Asian Film Festival Is Having a Southeast Asian Moment


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For this year, at least, films from underrepresented countries share the spotlight with those of the Big Three: Japan, South Korea and China.

Donald Trump Shares His Opponent-Branding Secrets


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The Republican front-runner put a lot of work into “Lyin’ Ted.”

Review: ‘The Keeper of Lost Causes,’ Pitch-Black Nordic Noir


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Detective Carl Morck has one mood, and boy, it’s bad. The film, based on a novel by Jussi Adler-Olsen, is part of “The Department Q Trilogy.”

Who’s Afraid of Female ‘Ghostbusters’?


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Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and the rest of the squad discuss the controversy around their all-female take on this comedy franchise.
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